Nokia has announced that it has completed the first phase of Port of Zeebrugge’s 5G-ready, industrial-grade private wireless network deployment. By deploying the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud platform, it aims to provide private wireless connectivity to more than 100 endpoints across the entire port operations. This is expected to enable Zeebrugge to deliver a range of new and services that improve the port’s operational performance. Following successful deployment of the Nokia private wireless network, Zeebrugge will be able to track, analyse and manage connected devices across multiple port-based applications in real time. Rick Goetinck, CEO, Port of Zeebrugge said: “Introduction of an advanced private wireless network will act as a beacon for our partners to develop and deliver new solutions right across the logistics value chain. Nokia, in close collaboration with local service provider Citymesh, has demonstrated outstanding 5G capabilities during platform deployment, making phase one a complete success.” The network is now being used for connectivity with tugboats, air pollution detectors, security cameras and quay sensors. Its high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity will also be leveraged during the upcoming construction of a new sea lock and during building and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Phase one has established increased automation in Zeebrugge’s outer port area. Phase two, due for completion in mid-2020 will focus on the inner port.